Neoseeker : News : Wii U launch price will "pleasantly surprise" consumers, assures Nintendo
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Gligar Jun 9, 12
then that makes it approx £160 in the UK. That is actually cheap than what I expected...
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BlackLabel Jun 9, 12
quote Gligar
then that makes it approx £160 in the UK. That is actually cheap than what I expected...
It won't be £160 in the UK. The 3DS launched at £230.. I doubt this system will be cheaper than the 3DS was. Nikkei in Japan speculated that the system would actually retail at 30,000 Yen as internal specs have apparently been increased to support two controllers. That would make it £280 in the UK.

I do think that we need to be weary about the price as if it was as good as this article speculates then they would have announced the price on stage. The only reason in my mind they would put it off is if it's a Playstation 3 moment, where the device is priced at $400 which is what 30,000 Yen is in USD.. approximately
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zakislam Jun 9, 12
quote BlackLabel
quote Gligar
then that makes it approx £160 in the UK. That is actually cheap than what I expected...
It won't be £160 in the UK. The 3DS launched at £230.. I doubt this system will be cheaper than the 3DS was. Nikkei in Japan speculated that the system would actually retail at 30,000 Yen as internal specs have apparently been increased to support two controllers. That would make it £280 in the UK.

I do think that we need to be weary about the price as if it was as good as this article speculates then they would have announced the price on stage. The only reason in my mind they would put it off is if it's a Playstation 3 moment, where the device is priced at $400 which is what 30,000 Yen is in USD.. approximately
Your calculation is correct. ShopTo listed the console for the £280.
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THM Jun 9, 12
Well...it's good news, but not for gamers in Australia, EB said the estimated price in Australia will be around $600, I'd say maybe $600 with one game or so! Still a rip-off price considering the strong dollars!

Blame the excessive government taxes for games, Plus Carbon tax?
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Fury Jun 9, 12
The Wii was 25,000 yen when released, which converted to roughly $215 USD at the time (the dollar was much stronger then). However, it costed $250 in the US, and that was actually cheapest price in the world, other than Japan. So yeah, I think the rest of the world got the short end of the stick last time around, and it could happen again. 20,000 yen might mean much more than $250, and that's just the minimum according to Iwata.
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Facelord Jun 9, 12
"Nintendo doesn't believe in launching consoles with a high price"

Haaa, did the 3DS only launch at $250 in my specific pocket universe? I think Nintendo expected the Vita to launch at $400 and that $250 was justified. They were soooo wrong.

I guess they learned their lesson with the 3DS, it's just inaccurate as HELL to make statements like "Nintendo doesn't believe in launching consoles with a high price." It kinda slaps people like me who paid a ton for their 3DS systems only to regret it more than anything else in their gaming history. I got a refund so I'm all good, but it's still incorrect to say stuff like that.
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BlackLabel Jun 9, 12
quote THM
Well...it's good news, but not for gamers in Australia, EB said the estimated price in Australia will be around $600, I'd say maybe $600 with one game or so! Still a rip-off price considering the strong dollars!

Blame the excessive government taxes for games, Plus Carbon tax?
$600 + $100 for an additional controller if you want one + $108 for Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. So at the minimum you are looking at $708 for a console and game closer to $808 if you wanted to cover all bases. That's too much..
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DarshD Jun 9, 12
Hmm, additional taxes extra?
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THM Jun 9, 12
quote BlackLabel
quote THM
Well...it's good news, but not for gamers in Australia, EB said the estimated price in Australia will be around $600, I'd say maybe $600 with one game or so! Still a rip-off price considering the strong dollars!

Blame the excessive government taxes for games, Plus Carbon tax?
$600 + $100 for an additional controller if you want one + $108 for Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. So at the minimum you are looking at $708 for a console and game closer to $808 if you wanted to cover all bases. That's too much..
Haha...that's the benefit of living in Australia!
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Big A2 Jun 9, 12
quote THM
Well...it's good news, but not for gamers in Australia, EB said the estimated price in Australia will be around $600, I'd say maybe $600 with one game or so! Still a rip-off price considering the strong dollars!
I don't think so. The 3DS launched here for AU$350 when it was US$250 in the states. We can expect something around the AU$400 mark, similar to what the Wii launched at.
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Northern49 Jun 9, 12
quote BlackLabel
$600 + $100 for an additional controller if you want one + $108 for Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3. So at the minimum you are looking at $708 for a console and game closer to $808 if you wanted to cover all bases. That's too much..
And PCs are expensive, am I right?
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Jasm50 Jun 9, 12
quote Facelord
"Nintendo doesn't believe in launching consoles with a high price"

Haaa, did the 3DS only launch at $250 in my specific pocket universe? I think Nintendo expected the Vita to launch at $400 and that $250 was justified. They were soooo wrong.

I guess they learned their lesson with the 3DS, it's just inaccurate as HELL to make statements like "Nintendo doesn't believe in launching consoles with a high price." It kinda slaps people like me who paid a ton for their 3DS systems only to regret it more than anything else in their gaming history. I got a refund so I'm all good, but it's still incorrect to say stuff like that.
Considering the tech, it wasn't actually a high price. Just a higher price that people would buy it at considering the available games. They're actually selling the 3ds at a loss with the reduced price, something that Nintendo doesn't do often.
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ashantiqua Jun 9, 12
How much are current ps3 controllers? ~$55??

I cant see the wii U controller being less than $75 a pop.

Im excited for the wii U to some degree... Just hope it can deliver on the games... Id love to see a beefy looking zelda and metroid game.
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Floral Fallal Jun 10, 12
This is why I love Nintendo
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